State Service Amendment Bill Wed 17 October 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Legislation to implement the recommendations of the George O'Farrell review of the Tasmanian State Service has been tabled in Parliament today. The review was presented to Government in March and recommended a range of changes to the administration of the public service, including the abolition of the State Service Commissioner and the transfer of oversight powers to an independent body. The Premier, Lara Giddings, said the State Government had consulted widely on the recommendations of the report, including with public sector unions and opposition parties. "The State Government commissioned the review to ensure that the administrative arrangements governing the public service are contemporary and effective," Ms Giddings said. "As part of this process a Project Reference Group was established including representatives from agencies and unions "The Bill tabled today has incorporated numerous suggestions by agency and union representatives on the Reference Group" "To ensure a high level of accountability the Employer will be required to report to Parliament each year on the exercise of employer functions and powers." Under the proposed Act the Auditor-General will have responsibility for oversight of the employer's functions and powers, in addition to existing powers to report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the State Service The Integrity Commission, Ombudsman and Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will continue their responsibilities under their respective Acts. The Tasmanian Industrial Commission will now hear and determine State Service reviews and continue to be responsible for industrial disputes. Ms Giddings said the Bill would also allow for an existing head of agency to be appointed as Head of the State Service, with the responsibility to conduct the Employer functions on behalf of the Minister administering the state service, which is presently the Premier.